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End of Watch (2012)

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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cle Sloan ...
Jaime FitzSimons ...
Man Friend
Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens ...
James 'Pistol' McNeal ...
Zone ...
Too Tall


In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En la mira  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,152,683 (USA) (21 September 2012)


$40,983,001 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To achieve the shots captured by the main characters' lapel cameras, Michael Mansouri of rental house Radiant Images stripped down a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini camera to about a third of its original size, to be attached to special vests worn by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. The camera was dubbed the "Nano", and was subsequently made available to other productions for rental. See more »


During the pursuit in the opening of the film, the officers pass by a homeless man on the ground as well as a yellow truck on its side with a potentially hurt passenger trying to exit the vehicle. Police procedure requires an officer to stop and render aid, even in a pursuit. It does not appear any other police unit was following the officers (a second unit could of stopped to render aid), so they would have been required to end the pursuit and help the injured. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Taylor: I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am ...
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the men and women of the law enforcement community who face danger daily on our behalf. It is especially dedicated to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is for all that fight evil so we may not know it. God bless you all. See more »


Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 2 December 2014 (2014) See more »


Hey Ma
Written by Cam'ron (as Cameron Giles), Juelz Santana (as James LaRon), Darryl Pittman (as Daryyl Pittman) and Lionel Richie
Performed by Cam'ron featuring Juelz Santana, 'Freekey Zeekey and Toya
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Police drama for the Social Media Generation
5 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

The script is so well written, it almost hurts. Almost because it is really just good! And I loved the fact, that it got recognized in America too (at the Box office, it did open at Number 1). While I won't go into the story, the casting of Jake and his partner couldn't have been better. It feels like the guys know each other their whole life. Their interactions with social media and "real" life feel ... well real. Nothing in this movie feels like it is staged for entertainment purposes nor does the dialogue sound fake.

I did write drama, but there is also quite a bit of action in this one. The hand-held approach to some of the scenes does not take anything away from them, it actually heightens the experience most of the time. Of course as an Anna Kendrick fan, I would've loved to see more of her in the movie, but it does belong to our two "heroes" and what they are going through. It's nice to see a movie that keeps in touch with current events, have the courage and the quality to bring that "cop" experience on screen

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